Pittsburgh camp opened up Friday and, immediately, there was news that impacted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Defenseman Kevin Czuczman had offseason shoulder surgery and will be out until at least December, according to head coach Mike Sullivan.
Before hitting the panic button, remember that the Penguins will most likely be deepest at the blue line. Chris Summers will be back, and Zach Trotman assumedly. Will O’Neill is in the fold. Stefan Elliott could fit into the equation as well. Then, you have a whole pool of guys to fill in other spots, guys like Ethan Prow Jeff Taylor and Kevin Spinozzi to name a few. It’s not the worst news in the world.
That said, Czuczman was a great puckmover and power-play QB the Penguins will miss until he returns. He’s also great to chat with, so I think I speak on behalf of everyone by wishing him a speedy recovery.
Other things of note:
- Daniel Sprong, looking to break into the NHL full-time, played on a line with Sid and Jake Guentzel.
- Wouldn’t say it means anything yet, but the goaltender pairings were as follows: Murray and D’Orio on Team 1, DeSmith and Muse on Team 2 and Jarry and Peters on Team 3 (which was by far the most AHL heavy of the groups).
Credential applications were sent today, so that means the season must be getting closer. Check back here for more updates on our coverage plans and notes from camp.